Calvary Chapel Distinctives
There are many who believe in the gifts and the ministry of the Holy Spirit, but do not have a strong emphasis on biblical teaching, nor look to the Word of God to guide their experiences with the Holy Spirit. There are those who have a strong emphasis on teaching the Word of God, but do not share the view that the gifts of the Holy Spirit are available and valid today. In Calvary Chapel we teach the Word and keep an open heart to the work of the Holy Spirit. It is this balance that makes Calvary Chapel a distinct and uniquely blessed movement of God. And so it's important to understand the biblical principles that make up the picture of why God has allowed Calvary Chapel to exist and grow.
This is not to say that all Calvary Chapels are identical. I'm always amazed at how God can take simple, basic elements and create such variety out of them. Basically, all of us have two eyes, a nose, a mouth, and two ears, and yet how different we all look from each other. People also have different emotional make-ups. Now, God loves everyone. He loves the highly emotional and He loves the dull and unemotional.
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